Chief of Service – Security and Safety, US

Employer: United Nations
Closing date March 20, 2016
Location: New York, US

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Department of Safety and Security is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System. This position is located in the Security and Safety Service (SSS) of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Security and Safety Service is responsible for protecting staff, delegates, visiting dignitaries and other visitors, for preventing damage to property and for ensuring the continuous provision of emergency response mechanisms at the United Nations Headquarters premises. The United Security Management System (UNSMS) is the inter-agency coordination forum of the UN system on security matters. It comprises the agencies, funds, programmes, organisations of the Chiefs Executive Board for Coordination (CEB) and international organisations which have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UN. The Chief of the Security and Safety Service reports to the Director, Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services.


Within delegated authority, the Chief of Service, Security and Safety will be responsible for the following duties:

Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Security and Safety Service at the UNHQ. Provides strategic and executive direction for the optimization of the use of the security assets, determining priorities and allocating resources to improve safety and security standards, systems, emergency preparedness and crisis management plans. Co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Division and Department, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate.
Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Security and Safety Services at the UNHQ. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units under the Security and Safety Services and by other agencies and bodies of the United Nations system; provides programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others.
Has overall responsibility for the protection of security and safety of delegates, staff, visiting dignitaries and other visitors within the UN complex including all UN leased properties and the Secretary General’s residence, through the implementation of defensive measures and forestalling all possible breaches of security, taking into account the threat assessment of the United Nations Headquarters district conducted by the host city authorities.
Manages the executive protection of the most senior leaders of the organization: the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly; the implementation of safety and fire safety measures at UN premises in New York and the UNHQ crisis management plan and implementation.
Ensures that the outputs produced by the Security and Safety Services maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Sections under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Security and Safety Services, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
Manages, guides, develops and coordinates the basic and specialist training for staff under his/her supervision.
Fosters teamwork and communication among staff within the Security and Safety Services and across organizational boundaries.
Liaises with host country law enforcement agencies, international criminal police organizations, in exchanging critical security information.
Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

Core Competencies:

Knowledge of the United Nations and its subsidiary organs, as well as security risk management policies and procedures. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
Planning & Organizing:

Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Client Orientation:
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Managerial Competencies:

Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, criminal justice, criminology or equivalent specialization in security or police management or in security-related fields. A first-level university degree in any of these fields in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in security management, police or military service. Experience in managing a large, complex security service is required. Security management experience in the UN Security Management System is desirable. Experience in crisis management and/or emergency management is desirable. Experience in the management of security and safety services within the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable. Experience in coordinating security operations involving multiple military, intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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